Classical 91.5

Pipedreams with Michael Barone

Sundays, 8 to 10pm on WXXI-FM 91.5, WXXY 90.3, WXXI-FM/HD 91.5-1 and online at
  • Hosted by Michael Barone

Pipedreams, which began production in 1982, remains the only nationally-distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ.  Host and senior executive producer Michael Barone has been recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music.  Michael brought Pipedreams to Rochester in 2009 and again in 2016, recording Pipedreams Live programs featuring students and faculty from the Eastman School of Music in one of the most "remarkably popular and successful weekend organ festivals" ever.

August 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Jul 31, 2017

8/6        Partita Time!  With varied textures and tone colors, these multi-movement scores showcase instruments and players equally.

  8/13      At the Sydney Town Hall  Resident musician Robert Ampt introduces us to the most famous historic organ in the southern hemisphere.

8/20      Toccata, Again!  Whether fiery demonstrations of tactile agility or thoughtful meditations on cosmic principals, this genre provides a touchstone for the organist’s art.

Twenty-six year old Thomas Gaynor has won first prize in the St. Albans International Organ Festival Competition. Originally from Wellington, New Zealand, Gaynor is a doctoral student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music, and is the Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church in Pittsford.

Held every two years in the historic suburb of London, the two-week long, multi-round competition ended on Saturday night. Three finalists each gave a solo recital, and then played a concerto with the Royal Academy of Music Chamber Orchestra at St. John’s Smith Square in London.

July 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Jun 29, 2017
Festival d'orgue de Montréal

  7/2        A Montreal Organ Festival    A salute to the upcoming combined conventions of the Royal Canadian College of Organist and the American Guild of Organists.

7/9        American Tapestry    Whether picturesque or provocative, these composers weave an intriguing spell.

7/16      An Australian Adventure  A sampler of some of the sounds you’ll enjoy when participating in the upcoming Pipedreams Group Tour ‘down under’.

June 2017 Pipedreams Programs

May 29, 2017

6/4        Hey, Louis, Louis A tribute to the memory of composer Louis Vierne (1870-1937), master of the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

6/11      Pipedreams Live! at the Meyerson Symphony Center Adventuresome repertoire is explored by
four outstanding Texas organ soloists.

6/18      Father Knows Best Equalizing any potential clergy/musician power struggle, our performers here all are men of the cloth.

May 2017 Pipedreams Programs

May 1, 2017

For much of the time, John Weaver had a triple-gig schedule, holding down a full-time church position while teaching in two different cities on his days off, at Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia from 1972 to 2003 and at the Juilliard School in Manhattan from 1987 to 2004.  Read more about the inspirational teacher, church musician, composer, and performer here.

April 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Mar 28, 2017

4/2        The Three “B”s (III) – Johannes Brahms (d. 4-3-1897)   Youthful masterpieces inspired by Bach, his last compositions, and other surprises.

4/9        Miscellanea Organistica  With so many intriguing items slipping between the cracks of our  awareness, we thought we might share some overlooked treasures here.

4/16      An Easter Bouquet  Music of profound introspection and overt rejoicing for the Christian
Resurrection festival.

March 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Feb 27, 2017

The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ, also known as the Dobson organ Op. 76, is the largest mechanical-action concert hall organ in the United States. It has close to 7,000 pipes, four blowers, 300 levels of memory, 111 stops, and pipe sizes ranging from about the size of a ballpoint pen all the way up to two feet square by 32 feet high (

3/5        Concerts at the Kimmel Center Concerts in celebration of the 10th birthday of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall.

February 2017 Pipedreams Programs

Jan 30, 2017
Aeolian-Skinner Archives - Organ Historical Society

Hope College's Dimnent Memorial Chapel is the site for Professor Lewis' first concert in February. 

2/5       Pipedreams Live! in Holland (MI)  A belated report of a visit with Professor Huw Lewis and his students following the renovation of the 1929 Skinner organ in Dimnent Memorial Chapel at Hope College

2/12      Three (Not So) Easy Pieces  Publishing a set of three works in a single volume makes sense, as does playing then together.

January 2017 Listings for Pipedreams

Dec 26, 2016

Happy birthday, Pipedreams!  This month, the program turns 30 and host Michael Barone takes listeners on a journey through the history of the show.

December 2016 Program Listings for Pipedreams

Nov 29, 2016

Organ Christmas Music is the most joyful expression of the season, and there's no better way to listen than Pipedreams on Classical 91.5

12/4      In Anticipation  Music on themes for the season of Advent, heralding the coming of Christmas.  Featuring music old and new from Buxtehude and Bach to Sowerby and Schwandt performed on beautiful instruments from around the United States all to celebrate the season.

12/11    Holiday Pipes! From the stage of the Sharp Concert Hall at Oklahoma University, students and faculty of the American Organ Institute share in some seasonal revelry.  With  music from Liszt, Lemare, and Scott, plus traditional and popular songs of the season presented in improvisations, jazz versions, and with embellished accompaniments.